MATRIXSYNTH: New Analog Hardware Keyboard Synthesizers from Artisan Electronic Instruments

Monday, March 16, 2015

New Analog Hardware Keyboard Synthesizers from Artisan Electronic Instruments

Published on Mar 16, 2015 Michael Bachman

"Introduction to the Artisan Electronic Instruments Baroque Synthesizer"

It looks like we have a new hardware manufacturer in town.  Above are three demos of the new Artisan Electronic Instruments Baroque synthesizer. You'll find three SoundCloud demos below. Further down you'll find a concept image of the "Victorian" mono synthesizer keyboard and teaser pics for what appears to be a desktop synthesizer and a eurorack module.

The Baroque as you can see is near completion. It features an all analog signal path with dual oscillators and 4-pole lowpass filter, VCA with digital envelopes, noise (able to be pitch modulated), patch memory, and an extensive modulation system with the ability to bitcrush modifiers - 3 Envs, 4 LFOs with 7 waveforms, nine modulation paths with 18 modulators to chose from.  All knobs positions are patchable and recordable. At the end of the first video he mentions the Baroque should be completed in the next couple of months, he is considering making a version without a keyboard and potentially smaller versions (see concept pic further below), and finally the Baroque will be able to be converted into a polyphonic version using smaller internal boards (pics of the current boards below).

Some pics & additional details:

The Baroque

"All Analog Dual Oscillator, Dual Sub-Osc, 4 Pole LP Filter and VCA sound path with 18+ modulators and modifiers.

40 knobs, 48 switches and/or LEDs, 4 LCD displays
CV and Trigger outs
Midi- In and Out plus a poly-chain bus."

The guts consist of the "Ottava (left) and Maestro (middle) [which] fit perfectly inside the Baroque Synthesizer.. with space for Rondo... the keyboard scanner is in the far right."

The Ottava is the analog voice source with digital noise (diagram below), and the Maestro appears to be the digital modulation source.

All wired up.

Ottava Block Diagram ... Analog Signal Path

Panel overlay below.

The "Victorian"

"All analog dual oscillator monophonic synthesizer with on-board analog delay effects and unique hand-built circuits. Custom built curved control panel and back, oak side and case. 4 octave touch sensitive keyboard."

Upcoming desktop synthesizer?

Upcoming eurorack module.

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